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A Bright and Shining World, by CJ Henderson is a short story collection that deals with unwitting hacker-wizards out to kill the world, alien races so advanced in the art of avoiding conflict that they transcend reality and mundane road-rage.

The latest in the series of works by the late CJ Henderson, a collection of stories dealing with all flavors of horror and science fiction: from unadulterated existential dread to grand-guignol sights backed by the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft.

A Bright and Shining World features a vast spectrum of stories, mostly falling within the realm of science fiction and space opera. While most of his stories are excellent reads (with Aware and The Wondrous, Boundless Thought being two of my personal favorites in the collection), the more classically SF minded seem to clash with the overall tone.

The cover work leaves a lot to be desired, however, the stories included in this 150-page volume make this more than make up for it. If you are on the lookout for some old-school grim science fiction and chunky, gooey horror, then this collection is just what the doctor ordered.

A Bright and Shining World is published by Dark Quest, LLC

A Bright and Shining World, by CJ Henderson
World Building
  • Great value
  • The satirical SF stories make it for a very enjoyable read
  • Gooey, squishy horror
  • The space-opera short stories do not work quite well in the anthology
  • Cover art leaves something to be desired
4.2Overall Score
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About The Author


Konstantine is a writer by choice. His short stories have been published in Haikaosru's Battle Royale-Slam Book, the AE Canadian SF Review and the Savage Beasts anthology by Grey Matter Press. People tell him he's got a writing problem, but he's recently managed to have one of his stories published in Japanese so he guesses he's still got it under control. He's got a Patreon Account, where he writes SF flash fiction and dreams to one day isolating himself in a little house in the mountains, where he will live off the land and order groceries from Amazon, like his glorious ancestors.

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